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How to convert DVDs to MP4 files in Windows or MacOS

These days, we live in a world where we want every movie and TV show we own to be available at our fingertips on every electronic device in our arsenal. Shelves chock full of movies now seem overly cumbersome, and they’re also an unnecessary waste of space that can be better used for something else. On top of that, we all know how boring a flight or train ride can be without access to a robust library of entertainment.

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Fortunately, there is more than one way to convert DVDs to a format that’s compatible with a wide range of devices. For that purpose, we prefer MP4. Here’s our guide on how to convert DVD files to MP4s, whether you’re using Windows or MacOS. Keep in mind that reproducing copyrighted material is illegal, so be mindful of whether or not the movie you are ripping is protected.

Convert using HandBrake (free)

Step 1 — Download and install HandBrake

Balancing advanced options with a no-nonsense UI, HandBrake is one of the most popular DVD-to-MP4 converters available today. With broad compatibility and no trial timers to worry about — it’s open source, after all — the application is a powerful and versatile option. Head to the HandBrake website, choose your operating system, and hit the red Download button to grab the software. Afterward, launch the program.

Step 2 — Choose a DVD to convert

HandBrake is pretty straightforward and very user-friendly, and as such, it keeps most of the advanced options behind the scenes until you need them. Thankfully, there are just three options you need to worry about in order to convert your DVD to an MP4. First, choose a DVD via the Source button in the top-left corner of the application window.

HandBrake DVD to MP4 Converter

Step 3: Choose a format, and hit start

Next, choose your desired save location for the resulting file and select MP4 from the drop-down box housed within Output Settings. Then, hit the Start button in the top-left corner and allow the software to make the conversion.

Convert using Movavi Video Converter (free)

Step 1 — Download and install Movavi

Head over to the main Movavi conversion page and click the green Download button, or the pink one if you’re using MacOS. Afterward, open the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. Launch the application once installed.

Step 2 — Add a DVD

Once open, click the Add DVD option with the addition sign at the top of the window. Then, select the DVD you wish to convert into an MP4.


Step 3 — Choose a preset and convert

Once the file you wish to convert is selected, a list of customizable presets will appear at the bottom of the application window. Click the drop-down menu directly to the right of Convert to, and select MP4 (*.mp4) from the list of available formats. Afterward, click the gray Browse button at the bottom, select your desired save location for the resulting file, and click the Convert option in the lower-right corner to start the conversion process.

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